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Houses converted to song publishers and record labels have long been the norm for Music Row. But increasingly,  some houses are home to offices from other industries while others are knocked down to make room for condos and other large structures. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

‘National Treasure’ Designation Means Help For Music Row Preservationists

January 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Nashville’s Music Row has been officially declared a National Treasure. That means local groups trying to preserve the character of country music’s home neighborhood will have hands-on assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Nashville Prep students go to class from 7:30 to 5:00 and also have more instructional days than traditional schools. Credit: Nashville Prep via Instagram

No Harm Done And No Need To Rerun School Lottery, Nashville Officials Say

January 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

A bug in Metro Schools’ lottery system resulted in a few hundred families getting seats in several different schools instead of just one. But district officials say there was no harm and no need for a re-do.

Average gas prices have dropped below $2 in Tennessee. Credit: JeepersMedia via Flickr

What Tennesseans Think About Gas Below $2

January 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm

AAA auto club says the average price of gas has now dipped below $2 a gallon in 18 states, including Tennessee. A year ago, the average price was well above $3.

Four of the nine seats on the Metro Schools board of education are on the August ballot. Only one seat has no incumbent. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Glitches Take Down Nashville’s School Lottery

January 12, 2015 at 6:57 am

More than 13,000 families in Nashville are still waiting to hear if they got into the school they wanted for next year. A website announcing results of the school lottery was published Friday and then taken down over the weekend after glitches emerged.

Students at Red Bank High School in Red Bank, Tenn., raise their hands at the governor's signing of the Tennessee Promise Bill. Credit: TN Photo Services

President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?

January 12, 2015 at 6:30 am

As President Obama rolls out the details of a national free community college proposal, Tennessee’s version has been thrust into the spotlight. We’ve been covering Tennessee Promise since it launched late last summer. Here’s how it works, in 54 seconds:

Haslam Wants to Offer Some Tennesseans Vouchers For Health Insurance. Here’s How:

Haslam Wants to Offer Some Tennesseans Vouchers For Health Insurance. Here’s How:

January 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

We break down Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to help 200,000 low-income Tennesseans get health insurance.

To put the success of Strong Inside in context, Betsy Phillips says initial numbers show Vanderbilt University Press' December sales figures were roughly what they'd expect for an entire financial quarter. Credit: Nina Cardona, WPLN

Vandy Press Finds A Hit In The Story Of A Basketball Civil Rights Trailblazer

January 12, 2015 at 4:52 am

When universities publish books, they’re usually only read by a handful of scholars. But the true account of how a Nashville’s Perry Wallace integrated SEC basketball is breaking that mold.

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College to introduce "America's College Promise," a free community college program. Credit: WhiteHouse.gov

Tennessee GOP Support For Obama’s Free Community College Plan Is Lukewarm So Far

January 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm

As President Obama announced his free community college plan in Knoxville today, he was joined by top Republican lawmakers. But this doesn’t necessarily mean Obama’s proposal is getting bipartisan support.

The latest autonomous drive Nissan Leaf test vehicle being readied for continued city testing outside the automaker’s research center in Silicon Valley.

Nissan Links Up With NASA To Develop Driverless Car

January 9, 2015 at 7:09 am

In a joint announcement, Nissan and NASA officials say they will have prototypes ready to test by the end of the year.

Gov. Bill Haslam will begin selling his plan to expand Medicaid to the state legislature next month.

Haslam Sets February Date For Lawmakers To Decide Medicaid Expansion Plan’s Fate

January 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

The governor faces skepticism from his fellow Republicans for a plan that also has to pass muster with the Obama administration.

Dickens final Opry performance was on December 20, as part of his birthday celebration. He performed regularly on the weekly show, playing songs like 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' and participating in comedy bits. Credit Anne Swoboda via Flickr

Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’

January 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Little Jimmy Dickens’ hat, boots and guitar held center stage of the Grand Ole Opry today as the country music community said a final goodbye to one of their mainstays.

Year to date, home sales are up more than five percent from 2013 with an especially big sales jump in September. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Some Counties Still Missing Out On Nashville’s Real Estate Rebound

January 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Home sales in the Nashville area finished the year more than 7 ½ percent higher than 2013, but not all areas of Middle Tennessee were in on the gains.

Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For

January 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Decision day comes Friday for 13,300 families in Nashville. That’s how many students have applied to attend a school other than the one that’s closer to home.

President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise

January 8, 2015 at 6:30 am

In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. “We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits,” he said in a video Thursday night.

H.B. Ball's engraving of the battle scene shows General Jackson at the center, surrounded by his relatively inexperienced soldiers. Jackson had fought briefly in the Revolutionary War as a 13 year old. Before taking command at New Orleans, he'd lead military efforts to drive Native Americans off of contested land in the South. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House

January 8, 2015 at 4:20 am

On January 8, 1815, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson lead a ragtag group of American soldiers to an unlikely victory in the Battle of New Orleans. Nobody could have known it at the time, but that win propelled Jackson to become the first self-made man in the White House and helped him change the nature of presidential campaigns.

The Goodman plant has been operating in Fayetteville, Tenn., since the 1960s, starting out as an Amana factory. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Tennessee’s County With Lowest Unemployment Is Losing Its Biggest Manufacturer

January 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

The Tennessee county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state has seen its fortunes change. One of Lincoln County’s largest employers is leaving. Goodman manufacturing is consolidating its operations to Texas.

Side-by-side portraits of Little Jimmy Dickens mark his more than 60 years with the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens died Jan. 2 at age 94.

Nashville Set To Say Goodbye To Little Jimmy Dickens

January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Dozens of friends, fans, musicians and admirers showed up to pay their respects to Dickens at his visitation at Woodlawn Cemetery Wednesday.

Gov. Bill Haslam says he'll release details of his Insure Tennessee plan this week. Credit: Flickr

Haslam Says He Understands Frustration Over Insure Tennessee Delay

January 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands why some state lawmakers are demanding more details about his plan to expand health coverage for the poor.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker takes over as Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman this week.

Corker Says Cuba Will Top His Agenda As Foreign Relations Chairman

January 7, 2015 at 10:58 am

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker officially becomes chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

Gas taxes haven't risen in Tennessee in more than two decades.  Credit: Upupa4me via Flickr

Tennesseans May Face Gas Tax Double Whammy

January 7, 2015 at 4:00 am

Tennessee’s top transportation official says lawmakers should consider state gas tax increase, even if the federal government does the same.